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NEET 2022: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid on the Exam Day

RupsaUpdated On: June 27, 2022 01:04 pm IST | NEET

Take a look at the 5 most common mistakes NEET aspirants make on exam day. Be aware and ensure you do not end up making these errors when appearing for NEET 2022. 

NEET 2022: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid on the Exam Day

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) is one of the most sought-after entrance exams for aspirants looking to pursue graduation from the top dental and MBBS colleges in India. With over 16 lakhs students applying for the NTA NEET every year, the level of competition remains at its peak. NEET 2022 exam date is scheduled for July 17, for which aspirants must have been preparing day in and day out – but one small mistake on the day of the examination can ruin all their efforts in no time. 

NEET 2022 Important Dates

First, let us take a look at the important dates and events related to NEET 2022 exam, so you can stay prepared and ready regarding when to report to the exam centre, when to start the examination, and when to expect the results after the exam is over:


Date and Time 

NEET 2022 Exam Date

July 17, 2022

Duration of Exam

2:00 PM to 5:20 PM

(3 hours 20 minutes)

Candidates to Take Seats

1:15 PM

Last Entry to Exam Hall

1:30 PM

Announcement of Important Instructions and Checking of Admit Cards by the Invigilator

1:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Distribution of the Test Booklet

1:45 PM

Candidates to Fill in Particulars on the Test Booklet

1:50 PM

NEET 2022 Exam to Commence

2:00 PM

NTA NEET 2022 Concludes

5:20 PM

Declaration of NTA NEET Result 2022

To be Announced

Mistakes to Avoid on NEET 2022 Exam Day

As experts state, despite good preparation, candidates often end up making a few common mistakes due to the exam pressure when appearing for NTA NEET, which reflects on their scores at the time of the result. Read this article to know about the 5 most common mistakes that you must avoid making on NEET 2022 exam day

  1. Not Going Through the Questions Thoroughly 

One of the most common mistakes that candidates make is not reading the question paper carefully. In the process, they often miss out on an important instruction or misinterpret the questions and end up giving wrong answers that cost them valuable marks. Students must go through the NEET paper attentively and be aware of the steps to fill in the OMR sheet, basic rules of the exam, negative markings etc. before attempting to solve it. 

  1. Poor Time Management 

While preparing for NEET 2022 exam, many students ignore the importance of time management during mock tests and lose track when solving the question paper. Since NTA NEET is a time-bound exam, it is imperative that candidates time themselves for each section – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. That way they can speed up and answer the questions with ease.

  1. Rushing Through the Questions 

In a bid to finish the NEET question paper fast, candidates sometimes rush through the questions only to select the wrong answer. This lack of accuracy can get them to score poor marks in the exam. Therefore, they must keep their calm and read the question and the options carefully while keeping the time limit in mind on the NEET 2022 exam day. 

  1. Not Re-evaluating the Answers

Another common mistake made by candidates is not recalculating the answers after completing the paper. It is always a good idea to re-check the answers because sometimes in a rush, students may end up choosing the wrong option or miscalculating the numbers. Re-evaluating the answers helps avoid such mistakes. Nevertheless, students must also keep time management in mind.  

  1. Overestimating Yourself

While students are often advised to take the NEET exam with confidence, sometimes overestimating oneself can cause more harm. In overconfidence, candidates may not pay attention to the instructions or recheck the answers, which can cause them to lose quite a few marks. Therefore, candidates are advised to have faith in the effort and hard work but not to overestimate themselves.  

All NEET 2022 aspirants must be aware of the important guidelines and rules of examination beforehand. 

NTA NEET 2022 Exam Day Guidelines

The exam conducting authority, NTA specifies some important guidelines for all aspirants taking the NEET 2022 exam. Students are advised to go through and follow these for a smooth, hassle-free experience:

  • All candidates must report to the NEET 2022 exam centre at least an hour before the scheduled exam time to allow time for security check-in and verification

  • Candidates must carry the following documents on the day of the examination –

  1. NEET 2022 admit card

  2. A valid ID proof

  3. Passport-sized photograph

  4. PwD certificate (if applicable)

  • Applicants are not to carry any barred items inside the exam hall, as listed below –

  1. Electronic devices

  2. Food/Beverages

  3. Stationery items

  4. Sharp/inflammable objects

  • Applicants must follow all Covid-19 safety norms inside the premises, as advised by NTA –

  1. Wear masks and disposable gloves

  2. Carry sanitizer bottles

  3. Maintain social distancing

  • Candidates must arrive dressed appropriately, as per the NTA NEET Dress Code –

  1. T-shirts/shirts/kurtis with short sleeves are allowed

  2. Traditional jeans/trousers are allowed

  3. Open-toed shoes/sandals/slippers are allowed

  4. Any accessories, like goggles, belts, caps, watches, jewellery and ornaments are not allowed

  5. Customary clothing is allowed provided the candidate has specified the same in the NEET application form

  • Candidates must take the exam from the seats allotted to them

  • Applicants must wait for the invigilator’s instructions before/during/after the examination regarding the filling up of the OMR sheet, signing the attendance sheet etc. 

Keep these points in mind to avoid making mistakes on NEET 2022 exam day. Team CollegeDekho wishes all aspirants good luck!


Does NTA NEET Dress Code allow female candidates to wear leggings?

No, as per the NTRA NEET 2022 Dress code, leggings are not allowed in the exam hall.

Why is it important to re-evaluate answers in the NEET question paper?

Re-evaluating answers when attempting NEET 2022 exam paper is important to ensure that candidates do not make any mistakes interpreting the question or choosing the right answer in the rush.

What if I misplace my NEET 2022 admit card?

In case a candidate loses/misplaces the admit card, he/she must immediately report the same to the conducting authority i.e. NTA.

How do I improve my speed in NEET 2022?

Candidates should prepare themselves and work on improving time management with regular mock tests. On the NEET 2022 exam day, students are advised to keep track of time to be able to finish the paper on time.

Is negative marking applicable in NTA NEET?

Yes, negative marking is applicable in NTA NEET. For each wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted.

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